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Babies should Sleep in Standard Cribs

                          A recently conducted research has found that babies who are put to sleep in an adult bed face the risk of suffocation and it is as much as 40 times greater than babies who sleep in standard cribs. "The odds of death go up dramatically among babies who use adult beds," says James Kemp, M.D, one of the researchers. Giving a call to create public awareness on the issue, he informed that around 13-14% of parents share beds with their babies. Dr. Kemp says younger infants may be at the greatest risk of death in adult beds because they lack the motor skills to escape potential threats to their safety, such as soft bedding or being trapped between the bed and the wall. According to researchers, the beds are not designed for infants. It is difficult to control potential hazardous arrangements causing suffocation. The study looked at reported deaths during the four-year period from 1995 to 1998, and found the risk of suffocation for babies in cribs was 0.63 deaths per 100,000 infants, compared to 25.5 deaths per 100,000 infants who suffocate in adult beds.




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